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Offline aznsilvrboy

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Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 08:42:18 »
Need full 104 keys for my Filco MJ2 (US ANSI layout). Can someone recommend me which ones are good?
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Offline zoolzoo

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #1 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 08:48:17 »
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Offline IvanIvanovich

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #2 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 08:49:33 »
You could get one of Ducky or Vortex sets from mechanicalkeyboards.

Offline aznsilvrboy

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #3 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 09:10:34 »
Are KBC ones good quality? What are the advantages and disadvantages of dye sub vs laser etched?
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Offline IvanIvanovich

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #4 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 09:19:56 »
KBC, Vortex, Ducky... they all come from same factory so it doesn't matter at all really, just some style differences with font and minor detail. Dyesub is more durable and you won't have any rough raised legend with it like can be with laser.

Offline aznsilvrboy

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #5 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 10:59:43 »
KBC, Vortex, Ducky... they all come from same factory so it doesn't matter at all really, just some style differences with font and minor detail. Dyesub is more durable and you won't have any rough raised legend with it like can be with laser.

How are dyesubs more durable? I read that laser etched font doesn't wear off either, just gets dirty and need to clean. So far the only black dyesub PBTs I can find are from Vortex, but I don't like the font too much. Are there other alternatives?

Offline esoomenona

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #6 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:01:01 »
I have a set of Gold printed PBT OEM height caps. I just never used them.

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #7 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:02:40 »
KBC, Vortex, Ducky... they all come from same factory so it doesn't matter at all really, just some style differences with font and minor detail.

I have a very dark gray set of OEM profile PBT blanks that I don't think is from the same factory. I might be selling them soon
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Offline Lunartuna

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #8 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:05:24 »
It's Laser engraving that doesn't wear off because it is cut into the keycap plastic.

Laser etching can still wear off eventually.

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Offline IvanIvanovich

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Re: Where can I buy OEM height PBT keycaps?
« Reply #9 on: Fri, 15 March 2013, 11:10:24 »
When say laser, I don't assume you mean engraved. Typically when talking laser people are talking about this type

which as you can see are not so durable in use over a period.